Dennis Sylvester

Dennis Sylvester photo

Dr. Sylvester is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2000-2005 he was an Assistant Professor at Michigan, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005 and full Professor in 2010. He received the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Chenming Hu (1995-1999). Dr. Sylvester has made seminal contributions in the area of low-power integrated circuit design, including the first theoretical calculation of the energy-optimal operating voltage for arbitrary circuits [1], as well as the lowest power voltage references [2,3], lowest standby power microprocessor [4], smallest integrated wireless microsystem [5], and the first 3D many-core chip [6] ever reported. He has also worked in low-power design for emerging post-CMOS devices [7,8].

1. B. Zhai, D. Blaauw, D. Sylvester, and K. Flautner “Theoretical and practical limits of dynamic voltage scaling,” IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference, pp. 868-873, 2004.
2. Y-P. Chen, M. Fojtik, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “A 2.98nW bandgap voltage reference using a self-tuning low leakage sample and hold,” IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits, pp. 200-201, 2012.
3. M. Seok, G. Kim, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “A portable 2-transistor picowatt temperature-compensated voltage reference operating at 0.5V,” accepted for publication in IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits.
4. S. Hanson, M. Seok, Y-S. Lin, Z. Foo, D. Kim, Y. Lee, N. Liu, D. Sylvester, and D. Blaauw, “A low voltage processor for sensing applications with picowatt standby mode,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, pp. 1145-1155, April 2009.
5. G. Chen, H. Ghaed, R. Ul-Haque, M. Wieckowski, Y. Kim, G. Kim, D. Fick, D. Kim, M. Seok, K. Wise, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “A cubic millimeter energy-autonomous wireless intraocular pressure monitor,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, pp. 310-311, 2011.
6. D. Fick, R. Dreslinski, B. Giridhar, G. Kim, S. Seo, M. Fojtik, S. Satpathy, Y. Lee, D. Kim, N. Liu, M. Wieckowski, G. Chen, T. Mudge, D. Sylvester, and D. Blaauw, “Centip3De: A 3930 DMIPS/W configurable near-threshold 3D stacked system with 64 ARM Cortex-M3 cores,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, 2012.
7. Y. Lee, D. Kim, J. Cai, I. Lauer, L. Chang, S.J. Koester, D. Blaauw, and D. Sylvester, “Low power circuit analysis and design based on heterojunction tunneling transistors (HETTs),” accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems.
8. E.-H. Toh, G. H. Wang, M. Zhu, C. Shen, L. Chan, G.-Q. Lo, C-H. Tung, D. Sylvester, C.-H. Heng, G. Samudra, and Y.-C. Yeo, “Impact ionization nanowire transistor with multiple-gates, silicon-germanium impact ionization region, and sub-5mV/decade subthreshold swing,” IEEE International Electron Device Meetings, pp. 195-198, 2007.